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Learned a great deal and certainly laughed more than I thought I would when picking up this title about language. Nicely read, although the reader was a bit uneven and halting in places. Really grew to appreciate if not like the author by the end of the final chapter. Very much appreciated the thoughtful and thorough consideration of culture underlying the various languages discussed. Marked it down from five stars only because the gratuitous profanity did not seem either genuine or necessary, but instead seemed calculated to convince the reader that the author was a wild spirit, when the very premise of the book accomplishes the same goal without the awkward vulgarities.
While fact-based, this book doesn't feel like it; it's more a story, a memoir. However, it seemed that the narrator wasn't very familiar with the book before reading. The performance wasn't smooth and was somewhat dey. Not impossible to listen to, but not riveting, either